Monday, November 07, 2011

Only Precious To Me by Megan

When I returned from the RWA National convention in July, I had strep throat. Bad. Coming home on July 2, a Saturday, meant my doctor wouldn't be in until Tuesday! I had three excruciating days of throat pain to endure. So I watched TV. lol

Yes, I watched Cardinals baseball--no surprise there. YAY to my team for their amazing comeback and World Series win!! (Y'all knew I'd sneak in a mention of the boys, didn't you?) However, I watched a lot of TV, and I tried different shows, one of which was "Storage Wars." For those of you who haven't seen it, when renters fail to pay for three months, their storage lockers are put up for auction. The show centers on four main buyers--two own thrift stores, one is a collector and one (I think) takes stuff to thrift markets. After winning a locker, they go through it and evaluate its worth.

I admit, I thought it was a trashy, low-class version of "Antiques Roadshow," the PBS program where people have their "treasures" evaluated by experts. And it may be, lol, but I've become hooked. I don't care for the bickering, but I love to see what's been stored, what treasures or unique items are found, and of course, how much they're worth. It's kind of like a pirate of old opening a chest to discover if it's clothing or doubloons.

My family didn't have antiques,--or doubloons for that matter. :) But we had some cool traditions that had props. On Thanksgiving, we would use the turkey salt and pepper shakers. Only on Thanksgiving. That's when my mom would also make Whipped Cream Salad, which I later learned was similar to Ambrosia, but since I never ate it, I had no idea. Whipped cream and the unused mandarin oranges and pineapple bits from the sweet potatoes, and sometimes coconut. [shudder] Had she thrown in chocolate, I might have at least tried it, but honestly, none of those things appeal to me, and coconut is a deal-breaker. She served it in what we called the Whipped Cream Salad bowl, a carnival glass dish she received as a bonus for buying gasoline or something back in the 50s.

For several years, I searched for a cute Thanksgiving turkey set to continue the tradition in my home. The only sets I found had two toms and no hen. No hen? I don't think so. Almost twelve years passed when my mom gave me the turkeys for my birthday. I've never had a more special present! No, they're not valuable, except for the memories. A couple of years later, she gave me the Whipped Cream Salad bowl. To me, these are priceless items. (I serve mashed potatoes in the WCS bowl,)

The other item in my picture is a potholder my mother-in-law made, which we only use in the fall. The guys on "Storage Wars" would no doubt throw this stuff out (even the carnival glass bowl isn't valuable), but these things remind me what I'm truly thankful for--my family.

And if I can keep my brother or sister from stealing them when they visit, I'll pass them down to my children. LOL

What beloved item/s do y'all treasure? I'd love to hear about them.

Megan Kelly


Jean said...

glad you asked, Megan. :-) Your mention of the carnival bowl reminds me of the various antique glasswear I've inherited or been gifted from my foremothers: Mom, Aunt Peggy, Aunt Edna, Great Aunt Amelia, Aunt Florence, and the list goes on! My favorite piece being the christmas cookie platter which is never contaminated with anything else, and always loaded with specially backed cookies for the holiday.

Barbara Scott said...

Ironic that your touting of the Cardinals World Championship is accompanied by the cover shot of A Texas Ranger's Christmas. Poor guy.

Seriously, as you suggest the choice of heirlooms to treasure is rarely related to monetary value. You can't put a dollar sign on memories

Linda Warren said...

I noticed that too - A Texas Ranger's Christmas. Ranger fan here. I was so disappointed. Next year, right? LOL

I have a bowl my mom made fruit salad in every year. It probably came from Woolworth's, but it's pretty and I like it.


Megan Kelly said...

What we hold precious are the memories rather than the monetary values.
Jean, sounds like your relations passed down some wonderful pieces with plenty of tradition. Cookies are always a good idea, lol, and need a special place.
Barbara, I hadn't noticed the book having the team's name. Timing is everything. Seriously, I agree with your call on what makes something valuable.
Sorry, Linda, we're looking for a repeat next year! lol Those inexpensive old bowls, like mine above, are filled with special times as well as food.
Thanks everyone for commenting. I'm so glad to know people who value family and traditions.

linda s said...

Sprocket (a large stuffed version of that dog on Fraggle Rock) is the one item that will cause an unrepairable rift when we pass over. The children found it for their grandfather (who loved Sprocket) in Munich when we took them to Europe and carried it in their backpacks for weeks. He kept it beside is chair in his living room. When my father died I wrestled it from my brothers and it sits on the back of the couch.

Megan Kelly said...

linda s, that's such a great story. Be careful with those brothers--mine actually did have my turkey S&P shakers in his coat pocket once as he was leaving my house.